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Top tips for making your home GREENER

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What’s top of the list for your project? Homeowners are increasing­ly focusing on energy efficiency and sustainabi­lity when making home improvemen­ts or choosing a new property.

So, how do you make sure choosing green technology is a sound investment?

Get impartial advice

Before beginning a project – whether it’s a new build, renovation or a smaller project, getting unbiased, clear informatio­n is essential.

The Scottish Government funds free specialist advice, over the phone or in your home. Advisors assess your home and provide a report to help you weigh up your options – from deciding which tech to use, to financial support and even planning considerat­ions. Call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282.

Do your sums

While you’re getting advice, check out what financial support is available. Households in Scotland can apply for a Government­backed interest free loan for a range of energy saving home improvemen­ts, and in some cases grant funding is available.

You should also factor in income from incentives like the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive. Choosing energy efficient technology can mean paying more up front, but could work out better long term – and you could save on your energy bills.

Speak to someone who has done it before

Before you take the plunge, check out what real householde­rs say about living with green technology using the Green Homes Network. The Energy Saving Trust hosts a searchable network of properties that you can read about or visit in person, to chat with the homeowner about their experience­s. To search, visit www.energysavi­ngtrust.org.uk/green-homes-network

Choose the best company for the job

If you’re getting a home renewables system, Energy Saving Trust recommends sticking to companies certified through the Microgener­ation Certificat­ion Scheme (MCS). You can search for, and read reviews of, MCS companies using the Renewables Installer Finder. Visit: rif.est.org.uk

It’s good to get at least three quotes – and remember cheaper isn’t always better. For free impartial advice call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282.

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